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SAVING TIME WITH MODULAR BATHROOM PODS

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) published "Saving Time with Modular Bathroom Pods," a whitepaper that provides an overview of bathroom pods answering the pertinent questions of when they should be used on a project, costs, installation, and showcases the advantages of using bathroom pods on a construction project. The whitepaper also includes case studies across various markets that successfully integrated bathroom pods

Coalition for the Homeless Responds to End of State Legislative Session

Despite his self-professed expertise on the topic and grandiose pronouncements as the homelessness crisis in New York reached record levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has racked up a series of staggering homeless policy failures in recent years.

We Must Shrink the Skills Gap By Investing in Energy Workforce Training Programs

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s new report on national energy employment and urged support of energy workforce training programs.

DOE Releases Second Annual National Energy Employment Analysis

The U.S. Department of Energy today released the agency’s second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. By administering a new supplemental survey to over 30,000 energy sector employers, the Department’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) tracked dramatic growth in several key sectors of the U.S. economy in 2016.

Efficiency Groups Sound Alarm On Potential Regulatory Rollbacks

Washington, DC, January 16, 2017 - (RealEstateRama) -- A coalition of businesses, trade associations, energy efficiency organizations, environmental organizations, and consumer groups sent a...

American Land Title Association Announces National Notary Association as an Elite Provider

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has announced that the National Notary Association (NNA) has been named an ALTA Elite Provider.

American Land Title Association Statement on HUD Nominee Dr. Ben Carson

The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance and real estate settlement industry, released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing to confirm Dr. Ben Carson as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mayor Bowser and Federal Partners Highlights District Progress In Ending Veteran’s Homelessness and the...

Mayor Bowser joined US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, US Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald, and a host of public and private sector partners highlighted the District's progress in ending veteran's homelessness and the opening of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence at North Capitol Commons. With support from local and federal partners, this housing program will help to advance the goal of ending homelessness among veterans in the District

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation Announces the Opening of the 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship Application Process

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its application process for the 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship. The Fellowship offers a two-year placement with paid stipend ($65,000) at one of seven active Greater Boston area housing nonprofits. There is additional support for launching a career in affordable housing development from the Fellow cohort and alumni, an individual mentor and monthly Fellow gatherings. The goals of the program are to both interest young people in the field and add capacity to the Massachusetts housing community.

Buyers Willing to Trade Square Footage for Amenities, Survey Results Show

The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 - a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as Millennials begin to dip their toes into the market, according to research and survey results released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Best in American Living Awards Program Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) program made its fifth induction of individuals and companies into the BALA Hall of Fame during the...

NAHB International Builders’ Show: Three Days of ‘Positive Energy’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- The crowds were thick on the exhibit hall floor as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) returned to...

BALA Awards Shine a Spotlight on Top Design Trends for 2017 and Beyond

A remarkable 127 single-family, multifamily, remodeling and community projects were honored at the 2016 Best in American Living Awards™ (BALA) ceremony held during the 2017 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., including nine “best in region” and five “of the year” winners. These projects represent the nation’s best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling

Siblings’ S.C. Childhood Home Renovated for Retirement Receives Remodel of the Year Honors in...

A mid-1960s-era home in Clemson, S.C., renovated by two siblings to share in retirement, has been selected as the Remodel of the Year in the 2016 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Nation’s Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2017

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

High-End London-style Development in Houston Honored in National Design Competition

Winfield Gate, a London-style luxury townhouse community in Texas that’s minutes away from Houston’s downtown, has been honored as the Multifamily Community of the Year in the 2016 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Norton Blasts Lankford and Wenstrup for Introducing Bills to Block D.C.’s ‘Death with Dignity...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she plans to mount a vigorous defense of the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, from congressional attacks after Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) today introduced resolutions of disapproval to block the District’s local legislation from taking effect.

SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE HOLDS NOMINATION HEARING FOR HUD SECRETARY-DESIGNATE BEN CARSON

Earlier today, HUD Secretary-Designate Dr. Ben Carson appeared before the Senate Banking Committee for his nomination hearing. He released this statement, commenting on the strong connection between housing and health, stressing the importance of deregulation, praising homeownership, and supporting continued efforts to tackle homelessness

HUD AND VA SECRETARIES JOIN DC MAYOR AND ADVOCATES TO OPEN NEW HOUSING FOR...

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert A. McDonald and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser joined advocates and housing professionals today to open the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, an architecturally striking apartment building with 60 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans exiting homelessness and 64 affordable and low-income units. The 124-unit mixed income building is among the first of its kind in the country to have full-time, onsite VA case managers.

NLIHC Applauds Rep. Ellison’s Call to Reinvest Savings from Housing Related Tax Reform into...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applauds Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) for calling on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to reinvest any savings from housing related tax reforms into programs that reduce homelessness and housing poverty in the U.S.

Statement by Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

Dr. Carson has clearly taken the time to begin to understand and come to appreciate the importance of HUD’s programs. Contrary to what he had previously said, I was pleased to hear Dr. Carson state his belief that the federal government has an important role to play in supporting deeply poor households and families. He gave strong support to rental assistance programs, public housing, VASH vouchers, Community Development Block Grants, Choice Neighborhoods, and lead abatement programs, and he recognized the role housing plays as a social determinant of health.

Delegation Introduces Bill to Accelerate AMHT Land Exchange

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today introduced companion bills to accelerate an equal value land exchange between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (Trust) and the U.S. Forest Service. The legislation, which nearly passed last Congress, protects important community viewsheds, local trails, and other conservation values while expediting much-needed timber for local operators and generating new revenues for mental health services across the state

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 5.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 6, 2017. The most recent week's results include an adjustment to account for the New Year's Day holiday, while the previous week's results were adjusted for the Christmas holiday.

Gene Lugat Appointed MAA Chairman for 2017-2018

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced today that Gene Lugat, Executive Vice President of Eastern Division, National Industry and Political Relations, PrimeLending, Inc., has been appointed chairman of the Mortgage Action Alliance (MAA) for the 2017-2018 election cycle, by Rodrigo Lopez, CMB, MBA Chairman and Executive Chairman of NorthMarq Capital, and David Motley, MBA Chairman-Elect and President of Colonial Savings, F.A. and its divisions -- Colonial National Mortgage and CU Members Mortgage. Mr. Lugat will succeed Fowler Williams, CMB, who served as MAA Chairman for the 2015-2016 election cycle

Rick Arvielo Appointed Chairman of MORPAC for 2017-2018

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced that Rick Arvielo, CEO of New American Funding, was appointed chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association Political Action Committee (MORPAC) for the 2017-2018 election cycle, by Rodrigo Lopez CMB, MBA chairman and Executive Chairman of NorthMarq Capital, and David Motley, MBA Chairman-Elect and President of Colonial Savings, F.A. and its divisions -- Colonial National Mortgage and CU Members Mortgage. Arvielo succeeds Jamie Korus who served as MORPAC Chairman for the 2015-2016 election cycle.

Mortgage Relief Defendant Banned from Debt Relief Business

Damian Kutzner, one of the operators of a mortgage relief scheme that bilked millions of dollars from financially distressed homeowners, has agreed to a court order banning him from the debt relief business

NCGBCS White Paper Looks at Role of Existing Building Codes

The National Institute of Building Sciences National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) today issued a white paper focused on one of its priorities, “The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock.”

SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT OF CONSTRUCTION FIRMS PLAN TO EXPAND HEADCOUNT IN 2017 AS CONTRACTORS EXPECT...

Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. Despite the general optimism outlined in Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, many firms report they remain worried about the availability of qualified workers and rising health and regulatory costs

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz, New Mexico Delegation Recognize Reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot...

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, accompanied by members of the New Mexico delegation including Governor Susana Martinez, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway recognized the official reopening and resumption of waste operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). WIPP is the nation’s first deep-geological facility in the United States for disposal of defense-related transuranic (TRU) radioactive waste and is located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, NM. Waste emplacement activities were halted in February of 2014 following a waste drum rupture in an underground storage panel.

Four Individuals Charged for Alleged Involvement in Foreign Bribery Scheme Involving $800 Million International...

Court documents were unsealed today charging four individuals for their roles in a scheme to pay $2.5 million in bribes to facilitate the $800 million sale of a commercial building in Vietnam to a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.

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HUD AND VA SECRETARIES JOIN DC MAYOR AND ADVOCATES TO OPEN...

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert A. McDonald and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser joined advocates and housing professionals today to open the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, an architecturally striking apartment building with 60 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans exiting homelessness and 64 affordable and low-income units. The 124-unit mixed income building is among the first of its kind in the country to have full-time, onsite VA case managers.

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SAVING TIME WITH MODULAR BATHROOM PODS

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) published "Saving Time with Modular Bathroom Pods," a whitepaper that provides an overview of bathroom pods answering the pertinent questions of when they should be used on a project, costs, installation, and showcases the advantages of using bathroom pods on a construction project. The whitepaper also includes case studies across various markets that successfully integrated bathroom pods